LIFE Magazine, The Quarterly Publication of CJE SeniorLife, Spring 2014

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please join us for Celebrate CJe to help provide more older adults and their families with life enrichment, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. Celebrate CJe Chairs Jordy C. Berger Susan Arbeiter Reese sponsorship Chair Kalman Wenig ad book Chair Marci L. Shapiro board Chair Stephen P. Sandler development Chair Alan I. Greene president & Ceo Mark D. Weiner exeCutive viCe president & CFo Joseph Atkin

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Committee Marilyn D. Altman Michael D. Blum, M.D. Dennis J. Carlin Barbara A. Gilbert Richard M. Kohn Kenneth F. Lorch Leslie Markman-Stern James C. Mills Vicki Pines Karen Rosenthal development direCtor Allyson Marks Greenfield sr. development speCialist Jennifer Elvey Schnepper development speCialist Vanessa Jones program analyst Patty Dalessandro

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Manager, Marketing and Communications Mary Keen Public Relations and Media Specialist Nicole Bruce Senior Graphic Designer Shari Imbo E-marketing Specialist Lana Gorelova

C O N T R I B U TO R S Susan C. Buchbinder Noel DeBacker, M.D. Joan Ente ON THE COVER Art by Shari Imbo

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Spring is in the air! Finally!

What a rough winter this has been. For some this is a season for spring cleaning; for others, it is a time to start thinking about what to plant in the garden, whether that be in the back yard, or in pots on the balcony. On the Jewish calendar, the beginning of spring means that Passover is not far behind. For those who celebrate, that can be a stressful time of preparation, but it is also a time of joy and family togetherness. Passover is a holiday of generations. The Passover Haggadah focuses our attention on the act of teaching the lessons of the journey from slavery to freedom to each successive generation. The Haggadah tells us;

In every generation it is one’s duty to regard oneself as though we personally had gone out from Egypt, as it is written (Exodus 13:8): “You shall tell your son on that day: It was because of this that the Lord did for “me” when I sent out of Egypt”. At Passover, families often gather around the table, bringing generations together. We share stories, sing together, and of course eat together. It is an opportunity not only to teach about the story of the Exodus, but also to teach the next generations about the values that are important to us. One lesson that can be learned “L’dor V’dor” (from generation to generation), is the value of how to be good caregivers to our elders. Teaching the next generation to be good caregivers takes mirroring ourselves as caregivers. Children learn by watching their parents and grandparents. When we gather together at Passover, Easter or Thanksgiving, or any other holiday, and show respect, caring and love to our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents, we are modeling for our children and grandchildren what it means to be a good caregiver. This issue of CJE LIFE Magazine focuses on the many ways that CJE enhances lives through our Life Enrichment and Healthy Aging programs. Another way that CJE enhances lives is by hosting seders and Passover services at our sites, and by offering tasty, healthy Passover meals throughout the holiday. Please see page 16 if you care to order from our wonderful Kosher for Passover catering menu. May you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday, and the joy of generations coming together to celebrate.

Susan C. Buchbinder Director of Religious Life

12 Great Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle by Nicole Bruce

Healthy living

and technology don’t often walk hand in hand, but you can enhance your life with these digital helpers. If a mobile app can help you turn on your house alarm, start your car, and pay your bills, one can certainly help you live a healthier life. Here are 12 of the most popular lifestyle apps that can help you live a healthier life starting today.

Fitness & Strength MyFitnessPal

Looking to lose weight? When it comes to health and fitness tracking, MyFitnessPal is a crowd favorite with a database of over three million foods to help you keep track of how much food you’re really eating. It can be used with all diets, whether you’re going low-carb, high-protein, or just trying to eat healthier. The app delivers progress updates to and from your network of friends who use MyFitnessPal. Peer pressure keeps everyone motivated. Best part of the app is a bar code scanner for store-bought food items. Cost: Free

Available for iOS and Android. Food & Nutrition


Part of eating healthy is making good choices when you are actually buying food at the grocery store. This grocery store navigator aims to help people better analyze food labels and get key information by scanning items right in the store and highlighting the products’ positive and negative attributes. It will even offer up a healthier alternative if one is available. Cost: Free for Basic Version

Available for iOS and Android.


My Diet Coach

One of the hardest parts of dieting is finding the motivation to keep going when things get hard. This app is designed to help you beat all the potential hazards that could put a damper on your diet dreams. It will give you motivational tips, suggestions, or thought cues to help you beat the craving. Cost: Free

Available for iOS and Android. Relaxation & Meditation


This app is designed to reduce stress and bring a little more calm into your life by offering a seven-step program to give users the tools they need to become calmer. There are also seven guided relaxation sessions (ranging from two to 30 minutes) and 10 beautiful nature scenes from which users can choose a calming background for their phone. Cost: Free

Available for iOS only (web-based version at

Overall Wellness iCam

If an older loved one has a computer with a webcam, the iCam app allows you to monitor multiple live video feeds over Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. With the person’s consent, you can check in, visually, to ensure he or she is doing well. Using free software, you can also record and play back events, and set up alerts for when motion is detected. For instance, you might place a webcam by the medicine cabinet or fridge (or both) so you’ll know when a loved one is taking his or her pills or eating a meal. On a related note, free video chatting apps such as Skype and FaceTime are also a great way to keep in touch. Cost: $4.99

Available for iOS and Android.


This app is created with the caregiver in mind. Whether it’s childcare or eldercare, relaying information to all parties involved can be an issue. No matter how hard you try, it seems some detail is bound to slip through the cracks. This app allows you to sync calendars and schedules, keep track of medication and important numbers, create to-do lists, and leave notes for other caregivers to ensure that everyone’s on the same page. Cost: Free

Available for iOS and Android. Medication Guide

If you’re tired of writing down prescription numbers, pharmacy numbers, and refill dates on random pieces of paper, this app from the folks at can help you keep track of your medicine all in one place digitally. Enter each medicine you take, the conditions you’re treating, any allergies you may have, and then

use the app to manage your meds. You can also use the app to check for potential negative interactions between meds and possible side effects. Cost: Free

Available for iOS and Android.


This app takes a more holistic approach to wellness by allowing you to create a plan built on common wellness goals — drink water, take the stairs, call mom — then join a community, and share your journey with friends. Cost: Free for Android, $1.99 for iOS

Available for iOS and Android.


If you’re looking for a physician in a major metropolitan area, ZocDoc might be the app with the answers. Using the same strategies as popular restaurant apps, it uses your location and patient reviews to connect you with a doctor when you need one. The app also facilitates making (and canceling) appointments straight from your phone. Cost: Free

Available for iOS and Android. Social Good & Innovation

Mind & Brain Lumosity

Developed by a team of neuroscientists, this app features games that enhance memory, attention, and creativity. It uses games and quizzes to sharpen your brain and cognitive skills through daily exercises. Just by inputting stats like age and gender, you can get personalized brain-training plans that target different areas of cognitive function. The app even lets users see how their sleep and mood affect their brainpower. Cost: Free (paid membership available

for full range of features through both app and website) Available for iOS only.


Track your mood and see how it changes over time. This app sends reminders for users to rate how they’re feeling on a scale of 1 to 10 and creates a graph showing the progression of their mood over the course of time. Since humans are notoriously poor judges of how they felt just yesterday, this app is designed to give an accurate representation of our emotional state over time. Cost: Free

Charity Miles

This app tracks every mile you run, bike, or walk and donates the results to charity on your behalf. Thanks to corporate sponsors, users don’t have to open their wallet, they just need to get moving. The app has partnered with big-name companies and causes to donate money on behalf of its users, as if they were sponsoring your run. Users just have to pick a cause and get going, no credit cards necessary. Cost: Free

Available for iOS and Android.


Available for iOS and Android.

An Evolutionary Journey of fashion and Art by Mary Keen

The fascinating array of chapeaux, made from unusual and unexpected found objects and materials, truly tapped the heights of creativity in the extraordinarily talented hat-makers.


his past December, an admiring audience at CJE’s Adult Day Services (ADS) in Evanston was all aflutter in anticipation for a fashion show that

was about to make its debut. With the carefully chosen title seen above, the show was the culmination of a year-long project directed by ADS Creative Art Therapist Ralitza Vladimirova. After meeting weekly to work on the hats, the project evolved into a process rather than a project. After a full year of work, the resulting hats represented a veritable panoply of colors, shapes and styles. The fascinating array of chapeaux, made from unusual and unexpected found objects and materials, truly tapped the heights of creativity in the extraordinarily talented hat-makers. The final products were very much specialty-themed and reflected each hat-maker’s personal journey. This was destined to not be just any ordinary fashion show! Movement and music were integrated with the visual art, so that art, dance and music therapy could all be represented. The hat creators chose songs that they thought would be appropriate for the style of their hats. These were played as the hats were modeled, either by its creators or a stand-in. The models danced down the “runway” to tangos, waltzes, rock anthems and futuristic tunes. The mirth, happiness and excitement that filled the room for three hours that day, was magnificent. s


A Fanciful Head–Turning Tale by Mary Keen


Celebrating CJE’s Very Own


ome of the hats in the ADS fashion show bore an uncanny resemblance to the hats of former hat purveyors who thrived in Chicago. Bes-Ben Hats, founded in 1919 by Benjamin Green-Field and his sister

Dr. Vadim Edelstein, Associate Medical Director

of Lieberman Center’s Haag Pavilion and one of Lieberman’s primary consulting and referring physicians, was named a Top Doc (Internal Medicine) in Chicago Magazine for 2014 in its biennial rating of doctors! s Leonard Schanfield Research Center Director Micki Iris and Senior Co-Investigator Rebecca L.H. Berman received honorable mention from the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists’ upon the awarding of its Praxis Award, for outstanding achievement in anthropological theory and methods that demonstrate impact for the public good. Their project was one of only four honored. s

Bessie, was first opened on State Street. They later expanded to five shops, including their last one on Michigan Avenue. They started out creating traditional hats when headwear was still a derigeur accessory. But when the war came in 1941, due to scarce materials, Bes-Ben Hats incorporated unusual items like firecrackers, skyscrapers, doll furniture and animals into their hats. They were best known for their specially-themed hats, including a hat with clocks for the chair of a “Time for Giving” charity event. The Green-Fields’ hats continue to hold their charm. They have been sold at auction for almost $20,000 and the Chicago Historical Society has hosted two shows featuring their hats in 1976, and one in 1984. s

CJE’s President and CEO Mark D. Weiner with his prize-winning pooch, Oliver.

Congrats to “Oliver,” who won three blue ribbons at the first “Lieber-Minster” Dog Show at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation. The pleased Pekingese, shown here with his proud owner, CJE’s own President and CEO Mark D. Weiner, competed against 26 local dogs and their owners during a recent event filled with treats, tricks and plenty of puppies dressed in adorable outfits. “We had tremendous interest from the community and the residents absolutely loved it,” said Andrea Koch, MAAT, LPC, ATR, Manager of Life Enrichment and Creative Arts Therapies at Lieberman Center. “I think this is shaping up to be a much beloved Lieberman tradition,” she predicted. s

Bravo to Jennifer Weininger, left, Director of Weinberg Community, and Angela Jollah, Lieberman Center Resident Care Manager, who both just completed a year long Leadership LSN Program. s


Sex and Dating

for the Young-at-Heart by Emily Mysel, M.S.W. and Mary Keen

News Flash:

Older adults are having sex!


hat may surprise some, but in a National Social Life, Health and Aging Project of the National Institutes of Health, over 3,000 Americans were surveyed in order to assess the prevalence of sexual activity in persons between the ages of 57 and 85. The first of its kind, the results (published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007) reported that about 3/4 of the 75% of respondents who were married or living with a partner were sexually active. Frequency of sexual activity remained fairly stable for persons aged 57 to 74 years-old, with about 66% of sexually active men and women reporting having sex at least two or three times a month. However, that figure drops to 54% after age 75, a decline caused more by medical problems than by age. In fact, the most commonly reported reason for sexual inactivity, for both men and women, was the man’s physical health. Nearly half of women in all the age groups studied report a lack of interest in sex, compared with about 25% of men. Sexuality & Healthy Living As the research shows, the importance of sex corresponds to different points

on a continuum, depending on the person. Being an active emotional and sexual human being is important to an individual’s self-identity and general well-being. Besides contributing to the satisfaction of physical needs, sex fulfills one’s needs in the social, emotional, and psychological spheres of life. Also, sex evokes sentiments of joy, romance, affection, passion, and intimacy that can make the older years truly happy and full of memories. The sad truth is that society’s culture and attitudes are often to blame for the reason the sexual needs of older adults are either ignored or neglected. Sex through the ages, through the movies and advertising and, more recently, through the powerful media of rock music and videos, has come to be correlated with youthfulness, attractiveness and physical power. Add the concept of sex for reproduction, and the cause for this over-emphasis on youth and sex becomes evident. Older adults need to ignore society’s belief that sex is for the young and debunk that fallacy. For, as we all know, the concept of older adults engaging in fulfilling sex is still a viable and relevant idea. In fact, a lot of sexual dysfunction is caused by what’s between the ears. So an attitude adjustment is called for. Besides, in


what can sometimes be a crass, violent and fragmented world, a little warmth and connection with another human being is a welcome affair! Not True! Let’s look at some of the untruths and misstatements that are often made about sex or that prevent older persons from enjoying it or taking it seriously: His or her equipment doesn’t work and any sex is impossible.

Even with severe sexual dysfunction, participants can bring sexual pleasure to each other through ways that do not involve the full use of the sex organs. false :

You can’t fire up an old engine. false: Even though a person has been sexually inactive for a very long time, sexual interaction can be achieved again. An aging body isn’t sexy. false : This is a “between the ears” notion that needs to be ignored, fueled again by society’s emphasis on beauty and youth. First, sexy is not synonymous with beautiful. As the body ages, certain changes take place in the physical appearance of a body, but this in no way interferes with enjoyment of sex.

The Doctor’s Opinion Sexual Activity in Seniors Noel DeBacker, M.D.

Older people shouldn’t have sex. false : This is probably the most biased and incorrect assumption about older people and sex. As long as they are interested in sex and intimacy with their partners, and both parties are interested, sex over 50, 60, 70, 80 and beyond is indeed possible and recommended. Just because you have reached a certain threshold of age does not mean that you should close the door on that dimension of your life and health. As we know, age is just a number. Older people who have sexual fantasies and interests are dirty and disgusting.

false : Sexual fantasies and offbeat interests that are not harmful to anyone can be very titillating and add to a sexual experience. It sometimes helps to reignite and power a sex drive that has been lessened for some reason.

Sexual satisfaction always diminishes with age.

Although some extra time and work may be required to reach false :

sexual satisfaction among older people, the quantity and quality of sexual satisfaction does not have any less power than younger people, and can maintain intensity. Evidence-Based Facts about Sex As we age, our body changes. Here are some of the changes that occur that can substantially affect sex: Health and medical issues/conditions. These occur more in older adults and they can interfere with sex. Loss of a spouse or partner. A person who loses a spouse often cannot imagine sex with anyone else, and the grief can be crippling. Physical impairments. Disabilities and the physical effects of arthritis, stroke, etc., can hinder sex. Cognitive impairments. A person with Alzheimer’s disease might not understand sex, or might become frightened by sexual advances. Dependency on adult children and others. The lack of privacy and other issues can stifle sex.

Sexual activity can be very pleasurable and satisfying for many seniors. There are special precautions, however, to consider. If starting a relationship with a new partner, the possibility of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease exists. “Safer sex” means the use of condoms for protection. Ten percent of HIV cases are over fifty years old and four percent are over seventy. Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease that people can have without knowing it. If you have never been immunized, ask your doctor about having a Hepatitis B immunization series. Sexual intercourse generally requires enough aerobic capacity to climb up two flights of stairs without stopping. There are instances when your doctor should be consulted prior to sexual activity. This is very important if you have cardiovascular disease or emphysema, especially if you have a history of chest pain or undue shortness of breath. It is a good idea, however, to do so with any chronic medical condition, or if you believe that you are frail. Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis pose their own difficulties and risks, as do neurological disorders such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Although vaginal dryness is very common and in many cases can be overcome with commercially available lubricants, pain or bleeding should cause you to consult your doctor. Erectile dysfunction is also very common, occurring in almost forty percent of men aged 57 to 85. Medications such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra are generally safe, well tolerated and effective, however, like any other medications, they have potential side effects, some serious, as well as drug interactions. Your doctor will review your medical history and determine if you can take these medications safely. s Dr. DeBacker is CJE Medical Director

and Lieberman Center Medical Director.

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Eating Well to Age Well by Mary Keen

March is National Nutrition Month! In observance of this, we would like to concentrate on the daily food choices that impact our health and how we look and feel. A combined approach of proper diet and exercise is one of the best tools we have for healthy aging. CJE SeniorLife is at the forefront of providing information, programs and health screenings for conditions that can be helped by good nutrition.


s you age, some foods may be better than others for staying healthy and reducing your chance of illness. Eating “healthy” can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. Combined with exercise, eating well can help us manage some chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. In addition, eating well can help improve our energy level, control our weight, manage indigestion and most important, the “shape” of our bowel movements which is closely related to the amount of fiber in our diet, according to the now-famous Dr. Mehmet Oz. So where do you find the specifics on healthy eating? We turned to our own Andi Kaplan, R.N., B.S.N. She highly recommends the “Choose MyPlate” system developed by the Center for Nutrition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This plan divides the plate up in quadrants, allotting the largest portion to vegetables and a very small portion to protein. A more user-specific, detailed version of this system was devised by nutritionists at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging: The “MyPlate for Older Adults” (see image at right) corresponds with “Choose MyPlate,” but calls attention

to the unique nutritional and activity needs of the aging population. For more details about the MyPlate for Older Adults please visit: myplate-older-adults.

As many people have discovered, eating healthy requires knowledge about nutrition and can also be more expensive since a healthy diet depends more on fresh fruit and vegetables. Fewer carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta and bread are used (think “comfort food”) even if these are more filling. If money is tight, the premium cost of fresh produce can be difficult. Roadblocks to Eating Well As much as older adults may want to eat well, there may be some special circumstances that make this a challenging proposition. Here’s how to jumpstart healthy eating. If you find that you’re eating less for any of these reasons below, then follow the subsequent tips listed: You are weary of cooking or eating alone

You have problems chewing food

See your dentist to check for problems, and, if you wear dentures, have the dentist check for fit. You have difficulty in swallowing Drink plenty of liquids with meals and talk to your doctor about your dry mouth. Food tastes different

Check with your doctor for dental problems or medication side effects. Fact: Senses can change as you age. Sadness is affecting your appetite

Ask your doctor for referral to a specialist for depression. Fact: It’s normal to feel a little sad sometimes. You are just not hungry

Get physically active (this increases hunger). Make your food more flavorful; vary the shape, texture and color of your foods; try a new food Don’t overcook food (this decreases flavor). Cook or steam vegetables for a shorter time. Fact: Changes to your body can cause you to feel fuller sooner.

Arrange for potluck meals or cooking with a friend. Enjoy meals at senior or community centers. Watch cooking shows or take a cooking class. Continued on Page 19


“My Plate for Older Adults”

Foodwise What’s Hot and Not Hot Baking, broiling, grilling or boiling Stir-fry or sauté with cooking spray

Not Frying in butter, margarine, lard or shortening

Hot Canola, corn, olive, peanut or soybean oil

Not Corn oil

Hot Fat free or 2% milk

Not Whole milk and full fat cheeses

Hot Fat-free or low fat equivalents

A closer look at “MyPlate for Older Adults” encourages making healthy food choices by balancing your calories, choosing foods you are supposed to eat more often and cutting back on foods to eat less often.

Not Full fat sour cream or cottage cheese

Hot Lean cuts of meat, 99% fat free ground turkey or chicken, skinless fish, turkey and chicken

Not Fatty meats

Hot Fresh, lean meats

Not Prepared meals, cold cuts, hotdogs

Hot Veggie pizza with no-salt tomato sauce

Not Pre-made or delivered pizza

Hot Low-sodium canned, fresh or frozen veggies without sauces

Not Eating canned veggies

Hot Herbs, spices, chiles, lime or lemon juice or vinegar

Not Salt for flavoring

1. Calories. Find out how many calories you need for a day. Don’t forget physical activity to help balance calories. 2. Enjoy your food but eat less. Take the time to fully enjoy your food. Don’t eat too fast or eat when your attention is elsewhere. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues before, during and after meals. 3. Avoid oversized portions. Use a smaller plate, bowl or glass. Portion out foods before you eat. Share dishes when eating out, or take home part of your meal. 4. Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

They are loaded with nutrients like potassium, calcium, vitamin D and fiber, and you should make them the basis for meals and snacks.

5. Make half your plate fruits and veggies.

Choose red, orange, and dark green vegetables and add fruit as side dishes or as dessert.


6. Switch to fat free or 1% milk. These have the same amount of calcium and other nutrients, but fewer calories and less saturated fat. 7. Eat more whole grains. Substitute a whole grain bread and brown rice instead of white bread or rice. 8. Eat some foods less often and in less quantity.

Cut back on solid fats, added sugars and salt. You know what they are: cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy and fatty meats. Use these as occasional treats, not everyday foods.

9. Compare sodium in foods. Check the Nutrition Facts label on soup, bread, frozen meals, to choose lower sodium versions. Select items that are labeled “low” or “reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.” 10. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. This will cut calories. Soda, energy drinks are a major source of added sugar and calories in American diets. s Source: National Institute on Aging

Strength to Strength with AgeOptions by Carole Klein-Alexander

Partners. That’s the word that Jonathan Lavin, president and CEO of AgeOptions, says several times emphatically when referring to his organization’s longstanding relationship with CJE SeniorLife. Indeed, AgeOptions’ relationship with CJE has resulted in the funding of many initiatives that help older adults stay in their homes longer, in better health, and with vital services such as transportation, home-delivered meals, personal care and benefits counseling. Similar to CJE SeniorLife in many ways, AgeOptions is a “nonprofit organization connecting older adults and those who care for them with resources and service options so they can live their lives to the fullest.” The aspiration to address the physical, emotional, and psychological concerns of seniors was further realized in 1974, when the Illinois Department on Aging—in accordance with the Older Americans Act of 1965— designated the non-profit Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County, IL (renamed AgeOptions in 2006) to plan, coordinate, and fund programs and services for people 60 and older so they could remain independent in their communities. Just like AgeOptions, CJE has been committed since 1972 to its mission of helping seniors age with dignity and respect, as independently as possible, in the community. Today, AgeOptions administers more than $15 million annually in Federal, State, local and foundation

funds to support the programming provided by 60 community-based senior service organizations such as councils on aging, townships and senior centers… and with much gratitude, CJE SeniorLife. Through its community partnerships, AgeOptions assists more than 200,000 people every year. According to Mr. Lavin, more than 18,000 suburban Cook County seniors in 2013 received one million home-delivered meals. CJE is grateful for AgeOptions’ significant contribution to its own homedelivered meals program that in 2013 provided over 100,000 meals to almost 600 frail seniors. Mr. Lavin believes it is our joint responsibility to provide seniors with the information they need to make informed decisions. Giving seniors the right tools could possibly help control the rising cost of Medicare or ease the impending transition to a Managed Care healthcare system. To advance this concept, CJE recently received a federal grant through AgeOptions to develop an Aging and Disability Resource Center in Niles Township. CJE’s Resource Specialists are available to provide information and referrals to assist older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities make decisions about care options and understand their government benefits. As an expert in the field of aging with more than 40 years of experience, it is thought-provoking to hear Mr. Lavin’s forecast about the types of programs that eldercare organizations may want to have in place in order to meet the unique needs of the next— and largest—generation of oldsters: the Boomers. He can envision the


need for more adult day services, technology-based solutions like CJE’s Virtual Senior Center which brings web-based programming to homebound seniors throughout the country, and person-centered health education such as CJE’s “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” a self-management workshop series also funded, in part, by an AgeOptions grant. However, without a crystal ball, Mr. Lavin acknowledges that “there is still much to learn about how innovative programming and technology will apply to the growing number of seniors who will still need basic services like food and transportation at a time when fewer government resources are available.” Mr. Lavin is deeply respectful— both personally and professionally —of the synergy between CJE and AgeOptions. He fondly recalls that his mother was a member of a women’s group that purchased one of the first Shalom buses. It is an honor to hear him validate that “CJE SeniorLife is a pioneer in the field of aging. We respect our 15plus years of collaboration and have great confidence in CJE’s leadership and foresight to develop and deliver relevant, life-enhancing services to those who need it most.” CJE SeniorLife and AgeOptions… true partners in every way. Mr. Jonathan Lavin has served as president and CEO of AgeOptions since 1978. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor’s in Government from American University, Washington, DC.

Sex and Dating

The following are physical changes that occur in women as they age: Vaginal dryness that can often be easily alleviated with the application of creams. A slower response time is common among women as well.

These things may not be welcome, and it may depress you to think about them. But there are many steps that you can take to maintain and enhance your sexual wellbeing. These are: Think positively. Positive thinking can improve things. Talk with your partner. Open communication is of the utmost importance. Remember that there are many ways to enjoy sexual intimacy. The old way may not work anymore, but there are other ways that may have to be learned. Use it or lose it. It is a medical fact that the more you have sex, the more readily your body will respond to sexual stimulation. Stay healthy. As the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project found, medical problems were the major reason people were unable to enjoy or have sex. Talk to your doctor. There are many ways your doctor can help. Plus problems with sex can be a symptom of other medical issues, and they should not be ignored. As an exercise, write down a few words about what sex means/meant/ will mean to you at 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100. Then look at some errors in thinking you may be making about sex at these different ages. Recognize for yourself that these are false assumptions and make an effort to re-tread your thinking about sex and older persons. Since sex is so closely tied with the psychological and emotional, you’d be surprised how effective a little attitude adjustment can be. Armed with a new viewpoint about sex, it’s time to practice.

These things can affect a woman’s response to sex: Chronic medical conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines, chemotherapy and drug treatments for high blood pressure.

Making Sex Enjoyable Maybe your partner is not as enthusiastic as you are though. Here are many ways to rekindle a relationship and to help sex become more enjoyable. Surprise one another. This can mean anything from just lighting a candle at the dinner table,

Continued from Page 9 The following are physical changes that occur to men as they age. Knowing about them will help you to understand certain things about your body: Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be caused by many things and you are encouraged to speak with your doctor, who will look into the causes, and in some cases, can prescribe medication. Slower response to stimulation is a common complaint and this is natural among older men. The interval between ejaculations may increase and older men may experience an increased ability to postpone ejaculation for longer period of time. Orgasms can become less intense as we age. These are some of the medical causes that can interfere with sex in men: An enlarged prostate, the effects of prostate, bladder or testicular cancer. Medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, chemotherapy and drug treatments for high blood pressure.


buying flowers to show love and affection or making your partner’s favorite meal. Book a night at hotel. A new setting can do a lot to bring romance back into the relationship. The same bed in the same room in the same house could be boring, and what could be more exciting than slipping out to a hotel for a rendezvous with your partner? Communicate with one another about changes or insecurities. Nothing hurts a relationship more than secrets or lack of communication. Your partner may not know that sex is painful for you, that you don’t like something, that you feel less than attractive. Talk about it and be honest about how you feel. Tell your partner what you like. Try something new in the bedroom. If you’ve been having sex the same way for ages, it’s time to change it up a bit. Buy a book on sex if you’re unsure what to do. Expand beyond just intercourse. This can be the one of the most effective ways of regaining intimacy with a partner. Try anything from cuddling, caressing, kissing and sensual massages. Figure out what time of day you and your partner are the most energetic. Are you both morning and evening people? That settles that question. If you are exact opposites in that area, find a balance, a place in between where you both might have the most energy together.

Dating—Don’t Shy Away From It in the Later Years! So how do you meet someone and get to know them enough to have sex with them? The tried and true ritual of dating is still the way most people become acquainted and gain more intimacy with a partner. For older people it can be a little different, particularly time-wise, when people do Continued on Page 18

Healthy and Kosher... Who Knew? By Mary Keen

Whether it’s a recipe for probiotic kosher dill pickles or a pesto brisket recipe, the Internet abounds with kosher recipe sites and blogs for all tastes, dietetic concerns and health needs. In the past decade, kosher food sales in American supermarkets has reached a growth rate of 15% compared to a 4% rate for food that is not kosher. Eleven million Americans buy kosher food! Why? According to a recent survey, 55% of kosher food consumers do so because they believe that kosher food is healthier. Love to Eat - Hate to Cook?

Here are a few websites that are great for nouveau kosher cuisine featuring recipes with a healthier flair

CJE also has expertise in preparing kosher foods, which are served throughout its residences. For community members, CJE offers fresh-frozen Kosher to Go meals, prepared in Lieberman Center’s kitchen, which is cRc certified. Kosher To Go meals are perfect for anyone wanting a balanced kosher meal, ready in minutes. They can be ordered in advance and kept in the freezer. We get many requests from people who are leaving the hospital and are not quite ready to shop and cook. The everyday meal selection is available at Kosher-Catering. For special events or family gatherings, CJE SeniorLife offers an enticing catering menu of homemade kosher hors d’oeuvres, salads, party platters, sandwiches, sides, dinner entrees and desserts. Catering can be ordered from cRc-approved Lieberman Center, or from Weinberg Community, where preparation is rabbinically-supervised. For more information call 847.929.3200 for Lieberman Center or 847.236.7859 for Weinberg Community. s Has a section on healthy kosher foods. Offers a free e-book for kosher meal planning. Is hosted by a registered dietitian. Offers a compendium of kosher food writers. Just search for “healthy” and find lots of articles about healthy kosher food. Takes health and kosher cooking seriously.

For those who prefer a good old-fashioned cookbook, we recommend the following Cooking Kosher the Natural Way

by Jane Kinderlehrer Plenty (all vegetarian dishes)

by Yotam Ottolenghi Jewish Cooking for all Seasons: Fresh, Flavorful Kosher Recipes for Holidays and Every Day

by Laura Frankel Executive Chef at Spertus Kosher Catering


Q: What do celebrities Kirk Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Paris Hilton, Kate Moss and Mayim Bialik have in common? A: They all keep kosher!

Special Recipe from CJE’s Kosher Kitchen M ary C roxon , R.D., L.D.N., Lieberman’s Assistant Director of Dining Services and Nutrition Care Manager recommends this recipe

as a real crowd pleaser, perfect for holidays.

F lourless C hocolate H azelnut C ake 5 Fresh Eggs 1 cup Light Brown Sugar (unpacked) 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt 4 1/4 oz. Whole Hazlenuts 10 1/4 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate, Chopped 7 oz. Pareve Margarine Spread 12 Servings


Nutritional Information Per Serving 350o F

Preheat oven to and spray a 9-inch round baking pan with cooking spray. Whisk whole eggs in bowl with brown sugar and set aside. Grind hazelnuts in food processor on high for about 2 minutes. Combine chocolate and margarine in bowl that is set over saucepan of simmering water. Whisk until mixture is melted and smooth. Stir in ground hazelnuts and kosher salt. Add egg and brown sugar mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour batter into baking pan to about 11/2” thickness and place pan into roasting pan. Pour enough water into roasting pan to come halfway up to baking pan. Place in regular oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until cake is set in center and top is dry to touch. Remove cake from roasting pan and cool cake in pan on rack. Chill until cake is cold. s

Calories: 328 Total Fat(g): 22 Saturated Fats(g): 8 Carbohydrate(g): 32 Total Sugars(g): 28 Cholesterol(mg): 70 Protein(g): 5 Alcohol(g): 0 Dietary Fiber(g): 2

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Baked Beef Brisket, Sliced (5 oz. serving)

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Roasted Sliced Turkey, White or Dark (5 oz. serving)

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Whole Roasted Turkey, Sliced (18 to 20 lbs.)

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Tarragon Chicken (Boneless Breast) Tarragon Chicken (Legs)

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Weinberg Community Rabbinically Supervised Place Your Order: 847.236.7859 Order by: April 7, 2014 Pick up: April 14, 2014

Conquer the Clutter Conundrum by Joan Ente, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., C-A.S.W.C.M.

With understanding, encouragement, coaching and support, much can be accomplished.


n many households, clutter is a way of life. Looking around, we often find we have things we don’t need; things we don’t use; and things we don’t necessarily want. How do people accumulate so many belongings? Many items are inherited or passed along by loved ones. Some were acquired for a special occasion, with a special purpose in mind but never used again. There are also collectibles, once displayed and dear to our hearts, but long past their meaningful time. Our precious “things,” even untouched, become part of our homes, our identities and the backdrop of our lives. Added to this, the post office continues to deliver avalanches of snail mail to our homes each day. There are advertisements, circulars, junk mail, magazines and subscriptions. Paper clutter has an insidious way of piling up if not processed immediately. It is hard to predict when clutter will run rampant or become a serious issue. Problems can develop if there is no organized household system for acquiring, storing, processing and recycling one’s belongings, records and papers. Clutter can eventually overtake a person’s living space. Piles of clutter may interfere with getting safely from room to room and create real hazards, especially for older adults with impaired vision or limited mobility.

But there is hope. Older adults can learn new ways to sort through accumulated papers and possessions. It is possible to develop systems for throwing away, donating or returning items that took years to collect. Think about the rooms in your house–your home office, garage, attic, kitchen, closets, basement–and ask yourself what you may not need. Do you have: Closets full of clothing that you have not worn in the past year? Stacks of magazines that you are going to “read someday”? Numerous TVs in your basement that have not been used in 20 years? Paperclips, tape, string, markers and rulers in your office drawers that you have never used? Boxes of photos that you are going to get framed someday? Kitchen drawers full of recipes that you are going to cook someday?


With understanding, encouragement, coaching and support, much can be accomplished. And CJE has just the thing for you. The professional staff members of Your Eldercare Consultants have extensive experience in clutter management. They have given many successful and well attended presentations in the community that have received enthusiastic response. Due to the popularity of these presentations, a special workshop series called “Controlling Your Clutter” will begin in mid-March. Through a series of six weekly meetings at our Lieberman Center location in Skokie, participants will learn tools to manage clutter of every type and develop personal action plans and systems to organize important goods and papers. The series will be led by Barbara Sarasin, M.S.W., C.N.A., and is open to all. The fee for this six-week workshop is $95 and pre-registration is required. s For further information or to register for the workshop, contact Barbara Sarasin at 773.508.4920.

Sex and Dating Continued from Page 13 not feel like they have all the time in the world to “date around.” Remember, older people are wiser, more experienced and have a lot more self-knowledge, so knowing who you are compatible with might come a little easier as you age. Once you’ve found someone you’d like to exclusively date, or even marry, you might be able to make a decision more readily. How many older adults are out there in “the field” dating? A very large portion of our population is unmarried, so dating and companionship are a big concern among older persons. In a 2003 AARP study that focused on 3,501 single men and women aged 40 to 69, a third of the people had an exclusive dating arrangement; a third of the people had a nonexclusive dating arrangement; and almost one tenth expressed no interest in dating. So, if the statistics prove correct, one third of single older Americans are in a nonexclusive dating arrangement and are fair game. Emerging from your solitude and dating might be what you want and not be difficult at all, but for many it can pose problems. If you are among the older adults who find they can date freely and without any barriers, it is good to appreciate that. However, for some older adults, many issues emerge that can make dating difficult. Issues like unsupportive children and budget constraints can enter the picture. When children are unsupportive, they must first be reminded that you deserve to live out the rest of your days in a happy relationship, if that’s what you want. If this is a sore topic, it’s not necessary to talk about it all the time, but remember not to keep any secrets. A show of affection with another person who is not your children’s father might upset them too, so be discreet in those situations.

If you have been dating someone you are serious about, do not force this person on your children. Have him or her over for dinner with your children and let them get to know each other gradually. Hopefully the children will come around and accept your partner. If they have violent objections to a certain person, don’t let them turn you against him or her. At the same time, be sure to pause to make sure that their objections are unfounded. Often a common concern for children when their single parent dates or remarries is the disposition of any kind of inheritance or a home. Be prudent about expenditures if necessary. If you’ve reached the point when marriage is in the picture, a prenuptial agreement is recommended, no matter how sure you are about your intended. This will allay your children’s concerns too. Where to Find Older Singles? If you are resourceful, you can find many opportunities where you can meet other older adults who are looking for friendships and relationships. The easy answer is the local Senior Center. However, if that isn’t fruitful, many community programs exist that are designed specifically for older adults. Elderhostel has a Northern Illinois Chapter as well as a Road Scholar program that features interesting trips

nationally and internationally. The website lets you choose location, price range, interest and more. It includes commuter rates for some programs located in Chicago, including a general trip about Chicago, coordinated by Jewish Community Center of Chicago. Besides regular volunteering, check out the Senior Corps, which is the ultimate resource for volunteering. In the end, most people in the previous AARP study found dating prospects through friends, family, or work. Some used an online dating service. Fortunately, there are many dating websites created for the 50 and older crowd. Online dating has exploded among older persons; some of these sites have seen up to 400% growth in users in just a few years. According to an AARP survey, older adults choose online dating for many reasons: 23% said they can meet a broader range of people. 20% said there is no pressure to contact people they don’t want to. 14% said a friend recommended it. Just use your favorite search engine and type in “Older Adults Online Dating.” When using online sites, be sure to narrow your focus to a target age group, and be specific about whether you are interested in simple companionship or a serious relationship. This is the one place

References Family Life and Social Support.” Issues in Aging. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2009. 329-32. Print. Montenegro, X.P., & AARP. Knowledge Management. National Member Research. Knowledge Networks, Inc. (2003). Lifestyles, dating and romance: A study of midlife singles for AARP The Magazine. Washing, DC: AARP, Knowledge Management, National Member Research. National Institute on Aging. HIV, AIDS, and Older People. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2009. (cited 2012 Jan 12). Available from: health/publication/hiv-aids-and-older-people. Pieper, H.G., & Petkovsek, L.A. (1991). Remarriage among the elderly: Characteristics relevant to pastoral counseling. Journal of Religious Gerontology, 8(2), 1-9. Schwartz, Dr. Pepper. (9 May 2011). 5 Myths about Sex and Aging. AARP. Retrieved from http:// Voo, Jocelyn. (9 October 2007). Sex and dating after 50. CNN. Retrieved from


Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDS) April is STD Awareness Month, and there is no better time than now to discuss this subject. Getting out and dating is one thing. Being exposed to easily transmitted STDs is an unwelcome result. However, people age 50 and older represent almost one-fourth of all people with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. In fact, rates of STDs have doubled among 50-90 year olds. Because older adults are not worried about getting pregnant, the importance of using protection seems not necessary. But don’t fall into that trap and use condoms, the method of protection most commonly used. They should be used for all sexual encounters, unless you are in a longterm relationship. Taking chances that someone is disease-free is not an option. Remember, being a sexual being is something that contributes to the enrichment of your life. But healthy aging is the other side of the equation, and you do not want to endanger that pursuit. s

Another View on Aging It’s no accident that Robert Redford, 77, just gave the performance of his career in “All is Lost,” and that Bruce Dern, also 77, did likewise in “Nebraska.” … And it’s no accident that many of us, while remembering and sometimes yearning for the electricity of first loves and the metabolism of our salad days, don’t really want to turn back the clock. We know that for everything that’s been taken from us, something else has been given. We don’t move as nimbly as we did, but we manage our emotions with greater dexterity. Our energy may be diminished. Our use of it is more prudent. We’re short on flat-out exuberance. We’re long on perspective.

where you can specify what you want in a person. Be as honest about yourself as possible. There are common pitfalls to online dating, that were brought out in a review of online dating services commissioned by the Association for Psychological Science. This includes an over reliance on profiles and rigid use of them. The study found that people might not fully know what attracts them to others, so they might put incorrect characteristics in their profiles. Another problem is that with the hundreds of thousands of profiles available, some people become picky. People can tend to objectify potential partners and compare them like a pair of shoes. It creates a shopping mentality that is not useful in personal interactions.

Frank Bruni, excerpted from “Maturity’s Victories,” New York Times, Week in Review, February 2, 2014, p. 3

Eating Well Continued from Page 10 Your stomach is uncomfortable when you have dairy products

See a doctor to see if you are lactose intolerant and need to limit dairy products. Be sure to meet your calcium and vitamin D needs in other ways. Try non-dairy food sources of calcium, lactose-free milk and milk products, calcium and vitamin D fortified foods and supplements.


Your weight issues are adding to your frailty

Keep track of what you’re eating to make sure you are eating the right foods. Find out from your doctor how to safely lose weight. Fact: Older persons who aren’t eating right can be either too thin or too heavy. Fact: Older people who lose weight can lose valuable muscle and bone strength. Source: NIH’s National Institute on Aging “What’s on Your Plate”.

Community Calendar Events s Classes & Series s Programs s Support Groups

March 1&2 The Gidwitz Players presents, “Mrs. Goldberg Returns.” 847.236.7851. March 1 at 7:00 p.m. March 2 at 2:00 p.m. W 2 Jewish Responsibility of Caring for Family Members and Area Resources for Caregivers.

Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster. 847.675.0951. At 10:00 a.m.

6 Glenview Senior Center Choir Performance. 847.236.7851. From 2–3:00 p.m. W 11 Purim Social Event for Adults with Disabilities and Their Families. JCFS Joy Faith Knapp Center 3145 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago. RSVP: 773.508.1121. From 6–8:00 p.m. 19 “The Importance of Proper Communication Between Healthcare Professionals and Families in the Hospital Setting.”

One CEU offered. 847.236.7852. From 8:30–10:00 a.m. W

20 “Building Better Bones” Osteoporosis Education & Free Bone Density Screening Information: 773.508.1073. At 11:30 a.m. H

20 “Conquer Your Clutter.” 6–Week Series. March 20 – April 24. RSVP by 3/13 at 773.508.4920. From 7–8:00 p.m. l 23 Violin and Viola of Amanda Grimm and Karla Galva. 847.236.7852. From 2–3:00 p.m. W 25 Taste of Passover Open House. Come Taste New and Creative Foods for Passover. Musical Entertainment. RSVP 847.236.7852. From 4:30–6:30 p.m. W 25 NxStage® Home Hemodialysis Presentation. Lifestyle benefits that dialysis patients experience with NxStage. One CEU offered. Registration requested: or 773.508.1034. At 8:30 a.m. l

April 1 Classical Performance by “5th House Ensemble.” Information: 847.236.7852. From 2–3:00 p.m. W 3 “Programs and Services in Illinois for People with Mental Illness.” Bernard Horwich JCC, 3003 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago. 773.508.1694. From 10:30 a.m.–Noon. H

10 Seminar for Social Work Professionals: Understanding Guardianship. $25. 773.508.1121. From 8:30–Noon. L 20 The Vocals of Shirlee Todd. Information: 847.236.7852. From 2–3:00 p.m. W

May 4 Performance by Ridgeville Band of Evanston. Information: 847.236.7852. From 2–3:00 p.m. W 6 “Building Better Bones” Osteoporosis

Education & Free Bone Density Screening.

Information: 773.508.1073. At 10:00 a.m. W

7 “I Never Said I Wasn’t Happy” Aging Well Film Festival. Evanston Library. 7:00 p.m. 9 Aging Well Conference. Three Crowns Park. Information: 847.864.7274. 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 14 “Transforming Stress into Power.” Whitehall of Deerfield, 300 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL. 847.236.7852. Registration 10:00 a.m. From 10:30–11:30 a.m. 22 Performance by Vocalist Robbie

Cohen Malkowski & Pianist Dave Turner. 847.236.7852. From 2–3:00 p.m. W

Classes & Series Total Memory Workout

Forgetfulness is part of being human, which is one of the reasons brain fitness is so important. This series enhances memory in adults of all ages. Total Memory Workout | Wilmette

Mallinckrodt Center, Wilmette Park District, 1041A Ridge Road. Registration and fees apply. 847.256.9623. Mondays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7. From 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Total Memory Workout | Glenview

Glenview Senior Center 2400 Chestnut Ave. Mondays: April 28, May 5, 12, 19 and June 2, 9. Registration and fees apply. 847.724.4793. From 10:30 a.m.–Noon. Parkinson’s On the Move

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Lieberman Center Parkinson’s Programs Parkinson’s On the Move

Exercise Class. Tuesdays & Thursdays: March 18–May 22. From 1–2:30 p.m. Artistic Journey

Art Therapy Class. Wednesdays: March 19–May 21. From 1:30–3:00 p.m. Register for both at 847.929.3022. l Matter of Balance

For those who are afraid of falling or who have already fallen and want to avoid future falls. Registration and fees apply. MOB | Glenview

2400 Chestnut Ave. Tuesdays: March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 & 8. 847.724.4793. From 9:00–10:30 a.m.

MOB | Highland Park

Tuesdays: May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 10, 17, 24. Highland Park Senior Center, 54 Laurel Ave. 847.432.4110. From 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Arthritis Exercise | Glenview

Gentle class for those with arthritis. Mondays: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, and June 2, 9, 16 and 23. Glenview Senior Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave. Registration and fees apply. 847.724.4793. From 9–10:00 a.m. Building Better Bones

Osteoporosis Education & Screening. Must attend educational portion for ultrasound heel scan. Reservations for programs in April at The Ark – Chicago and Northwest offices are required. Please call 773.508.1073 for dates and times. Food Sense

Four week session on eating better on a budget! Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, Chicago. May 1, 8, 15, 22. RSVP at From 1–2:00 p.m.

Holiday Closings Passover

April 15, 16, 21, 22

Memorial Day

May 26

CJE SeniorLife offers ongoing support groups and programs, which are subject to change. All programs are free unless indicated. Some fees may be partially covered by Medicare or private insurance. Programs The Lakeshore Mercaz Center for Jewish Older Adults Cultural programs sponsored by CJE, Anshe Emet, Anshe Sholom, Emanuel Congregation and Temple Sholom. Call 773.508.1134. March 11: Temple Sholom May 13: Anshe Emet No program in April. Community Senior Adults Lunch, socializing and entertainment. $40 annual fee. Contact 773.508.1047. Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. L

Older Adult Programs Ongoing classes and events. Full schedule available after March 7. Call 773.508.1000 for more information.


Music with Les. Mondays. H Sit and Get Fit. Mondays. H Yoga. Wednesdays. H Scrabble Club. Wednesdays. H Schmooze It or Lose It. Thursdays. H Sit and Get Fit. Thursdays. H

Support Groups Living Life Through Loss: Bereavement Support Group Sponsored by CJE SeniorLife and Jewish Healing Network. $5 per session. Registration required, RSVP at 773.508.1129. Wednesdays. 1–2:30 p.m. H Making Connections: Seniors with Adult Children with Disabilities Connect, share experiences and learn about benefits and community resources. Sponsored by CJE’s Linkages program Register at 773.508.1694. First and third Tuesday of every month. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. H Parkinson’s Caregivers Support Group A support group for caregivers of someone with Parkinson’s. Registration required. Call Nina Afremow, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., at 847.236.7853 for information, days and times. W

Holocaust Survivors Coffee & Conversation Sponsored by CJE SeniorLife and Jewish Child and Family Services Mondays, 1–2:30 p.m. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Register at 847.568.5200. Thursdays, 2–3:30 p.m. 3145 W. Pratt, Chicago. Register at 847.568.5100. Family Caregivers of CJE Adult Day Services Clients Led by Dina Danieli M.S.W. Emotional support, information, education and coping strategies. Pre-registration required for loved one to participate in CJE’s Adult Day programs. Register at 847.556.8410. Second Tuesday of every month. 3:15–4:30 p.m. A Individuals Caring for Someone with Dementia Led by Nina Afremow, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., and Emily Mysel, M.S.W. First Wednesday of every month, 7–8:30 p.m. For more info call 847.236.7853. W

Family Caregiver Group Led by Jo Hammerman, L.C.S.W. Call 847.929.3246. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. 2nd Floor Classroom. 5–6:00 p.m. L


Location Key A Adult Day Services

1015 West Howard Street, Evanston 847.492.1400

H Bernard Horwich Building

3003 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago 773.508.1000

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9700 Gross Point Road, Skokie 847.929.3320

W Weinberg Community for Senior Living

1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield 847.374.0500

Aging with Pride: LGBT Expertise at CJE by Mary Keen


ccording to Chicago-style politics. Breakdown by Age of U.S. Adults Identifying LeadingAge, a In 2013, Illinois’ new as LGBT & HETEROSEXUAL recent census report Marriage Equality indicates that almost Law changed the HETEROSEXUAL LGBT 93% of counties in definition of marriage the U.S. are home to in Illinois from an lesbian, gay, bisexual act between a man 16% 19% 29% 27% and transgender and a woman to one (LGBT) individuals. between two people. LGBTs in Chicago With this new law, it 26% 28% alone number 114,449. should be noted just 29% 26% Experts predict that as how far Illinois has many as 4.7 million come in supporting LGBT older adults gay rights in a Age Range will be seeking care relatively short time. 18-34 35-49 50-64 65+ and services by the Gays who have just year 2030. They will recently been fighting be dealing with many Source: Experian 2013 LGBT Report. for basic rights and of the same issues equal housing and anyone does when choosing aging services: where to employment opportunities, consider the Law’s passage live as they age; how to meet rising housing, health care quite an accomplishment. and medication costs; and how to stay connected to CJE SeniorLife has held many trainings and community, family and friends. presentations on LGBT issues, including a session on how Since the 1990s, CJE SeniorLife has been an advocate to make housing more inclusive for LGBT individuals. for LGBT individuals in the community and has worked Other presentations by CJE have included: hard to promote inclusiveness and protection from Understanding and Caring for Lesbian, Gay and discrimination. An important step in this area was made Transgender Older Adults; Domestic Violence & LGBT in 1998 when CJE became a founding member of the Older Adults; and Are You Serving All Seniors? Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging. If you are an older person or professional who would Illinois is often regarded as one of the most liberal states like to speak to our experts on LGBT issues, please contact 773.508.1000 and ask for the Counseling Department. s in the Midwest, primarily because it is dominated by


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Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation Excellence in Rehab and Long Term Care ... And We’ve Got the STATS to Prove It!

See How the Numbers Add Up 5 out of 5 

The highest number of stars possible in our official rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Only 10% of long- and shortterm care centers in the U.S. receive 5 stars*.


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We’re proud of our record, but we are much more than just numbers. our patients benefit from the compassionate, personalized care of our interdisciplinary team of professionals that is focused on meeting the physical, social and psychological needs of patients so they can return home as soon as possible. call 847.929.3320 for more information on how Lieberman center for health and rehabilitation can help manage your successful transition from a hospital stay to home.

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Thinking Spring! At Weinberg Community for Senior Living

Communication Between Healthcare Professionals and Families in the Hospital Setting Wednesday, March 19 Co-sponsored by Gentle Home Services and Elderwerks. 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration | 9:00 a.m. Presentation 1 hour presentation includes 1 C.E.U. for social workers and nurses.

Taste of Passover Tuesday, March 25 Creative Passover edibles and take home treats and recipes. Taste and mingle to musical entertainment Drop in between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Michelle Bernstein at 847.236.7852 or All events are free and open to professionals and to the public.

Weinberg Community for Senior Living 1551 Lake Cook Road Deerfield, IL 60015

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